Chicago pet rescues help with Illinois tornado relief drives

Chicago pet rescues help with Illinois tornado relief drives
Jon Byler Dann found his 11 year old dog Maggie in the debris of his home. She is going to be OK. Photo courtesy of Charles Ledford U of I

Chicago's animal welfare community is pitching in to help the many pet families effected by the Illinois tornadoes and Indiana tornadoes that swept through the Midwest on Sunday.  Donations of pet food, cat litter, leashes, carriers and other items are being collected by various organizations for delivery in some of the areas suffering from heavy damage due to the midwestern tornadoes.

In Washington alone, over 1,000 homes were destroyed in the storm. For information on Facebook pages set up to reunite lost pets with families and some of the other relief efforts, please read this story or this story.

Listed updated as of November 22 - Here are some of the places accepting donations in the Chicago area:

Secondhand Snoots Rescue - They are collecting donations of food, litter, beds, leashes, collars, crates, etc. If you have donations, email She is coordinating donations by Friday with supplies being delivered on Saturday.

Brookport was found in Brookport and lost a leg that was severely injured.

Brookport was found in Brookport and lost a leg that was severely injured.

The Cat Practice in Oak Park is accepting donations that they'll be taking down to the East Peoria Expo Center on Saturday afternoon. They are asking for the following items -

  • Cat and dog food
  • Litter and litter boxes
  • Bowls
  • Leashes
  • Pet beds
  • Sweaters
  • Blankets

Veterinary FundNorth Center Animal Hospital in Chicago is working in conjunction with the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to raise monetary donations to help victims of the storm with veterinary bills. North Central will match up to $500 and the AVMF up to $1000. Donate here.

Donations for Kokomo, Indiana in Valparaiso - Smoochie Pooch at 503 Silhavy Rd. in Valparaiso, Indiana is accepting donations through the end of day Thursday with donations being delivered Friday. Email questions to The following donations are needed -

  • New dog/cat food
  • Treats
  • Food for birds/fish/rabbits/ferrets
  • Re-sealable plastic bags (gallon & quart size)
  • New/gently used collars & leashes
  • Plastic shopping bags
  • Pet food coupons

In Central Illinois -

Tazewell County Animal Control is housing many of the found animals are going from Washington and Pekin. They need giftcards from: Walmart, Big R, Farm N Fleet, Pet Supplies Plus, & Petco. Gift cards may be sent to 21314 State Route 9, Box 158, Tremont, IL 61568-9252. The following items may be dropped off at the shelter or Ray Dennison Chevrolet in Pekin. Items needed (but not limited to) -

One of the dogs found after the storm in Washington.

One of the dogs found after the storm in Washington.

  • Cat litter
  • Litter pans
  • Food bowls
  • Light weight blanket and towels
  • Detergent
  • Any pet related item as they are being passed on to owners that have lost everything

Tazewell County Animal Protective Society (TAPS) at 100 TAPS lane in Pekin is also taking the above donations as well as monetary donations. This no kill organization is also caring for some pets displaced by the storm.

4 Paws Animal Clinic has been treating some in the animals injured in the Tornado. They are taking the same types of donations listed above to distribute to victims of the storm. They also have set up a PayPal account to help pay veterinary bills of the animals they are treating from the storm -

Gifford donations are still needed. The drop off locations are the Champaign County Animal Control, Large Animal Clinic at the U of I, and Pet Supplies Plus at Duncan and Kirby. This drive is being conducted by the University of Illinois Veterinary College and CATSNAP. Donations will go to Gifford and other areas effected by the tornados. The following items are needed -

  • Dog and cat food (unopened, dry and canned)
  • Cat litter
  • Carriers, cages and crates
  • Collars and leashes
  • Dog and cat beds
  • Food bowls.

If your organization is hosting a drive or in some way helping with relief efforts and you would like to be added to this story, email me at or private message my Facebook page. I will be updating throughout the day.

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